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Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

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  • Ambitious proposals not only for universities, but also for earlier English education.

    tags: ASEAN compulsory education education English English language learners English speaking populations English teaching globalization teacher development Vietnam

    • Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nhạ had said earlier this month that the ministry has created a roadmap to achieve the goal starting this academic year, and urged universities to improve their English teaching methods.

       

      He asked universities to apply the latest technologies in teaching English, teach students about the importance of globalisation and expand international links to promote the use of the language.

       

      He said students would be required to make all presentations and hold all discussions in English, while the staff would speak English at their meetings.

       

      The ministry has given specific instructions to the 61 universities and academies it runs to take the initiative to draw up teaching standards that match ASEAN standards.

       

      They would then be published to solicit public opinion before the ministry tweaks its education and training plans, he said.

       

      Other universities needed to review and report the challenges they face in making English the second language and suggest solutions, he said.

    • At the beginning of this year the ministry announced that English would be a compulsory subject from grade three onwards starting in 2018 as part of its foreign language teaching plan.

       

      English is currently only mandatory from grade 10 onwards.

       

      Under the plan, from 2018 students in grade three and above will have four English lessons a week.

       

      English is now only an optional subject in primary schools, with one or two lessons a week.

       

      The ministry reported that around a 10th of primary school students do not learn English since the country has a shortage of some 7,700 teachers.

       

      Besides, only a third of English teachers at primary and high schools meet teaching standards, according to the ministry.

  • Seven+ tips for rounding up students, including: 1) community building, 2) forum participation, 3) offering free trials, 4) conducting social media campaigns, 5) enhancing educational support offerings, 6) sending newsletters to mailing lists, and 7) amplifying sharing via word of mouth.

    tags: communities education forums free trials marketing networks newsletters social media support teaching

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

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Sunday, August 07, 2016

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Better World Flux (recovered draft, 2012.07.13)

The Better World Flux site provides an interface that creates graphic representations of world population trends in just a few easy steps:
  • 0. Reset the display.
  • 1. Drag and drop population trend indicators, or combinations of them, that you want to include in the display; 
  • 2. Click to add countries whose relative status vis-a-vis those indicators you want to highlight;
  • 3. Explore the results: 
    • a) either by playing an animation or moving the slider with your cursor to see changes over time, and 
    • b) by clicking on colorful data bands to display the names of other countries in the same bands.
The indicators correspond to UN Millennium Development Goals. Clicking on the About tab on the Better World Flux site reveals a Glossary of indicators with cross-links to sources of data, some dating back up to six decades.

For example, the life-expectancy indicator (1960–2010), which when animated looks a bit like a garden slug crawling in general towards a better world, shows:

a. Japan's human life-expectancy rose to the level of those of Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, tops in the world in 1972;
b. Japan then became the sole country at the top in 1981, and was joined by Sweden again in 1983; 
c. Switzerland joined those two at the top in 1984, along with a variety of other countries – between 1985 and 1993, including: Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Israel, Macao, Malta, Spain, and the UK;
d. Rwanda became a separate node on the long-tail in the 1990's.
e. Japan topped the list solo again in 1994, rejoined by Hong Kong from 1996 to 1998, and Switzerland in 1999.
f. Italy and Australia were next to regain the top band, in 2000 and 2001, respectively, followed by Canada, joined by Liechtenstein in 2002, and then Iceland and Israel again in 2003.


Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for pointing out Better World Flux (The Best Resources For Creating Infographics, 2011.01.11), and to Richard Byrne, as well (Better World Flux - Create Animated Data Displays, 2011.02.04).

Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

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Sunday, June 05, 2016

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